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A REVIEW OF CHRIST AND TIME BY OSCAR CULLMAN

Christ and Time: The Primitive Christian Conception of Time and History, 3rd edition. Oscar Cullman. Translated from German by Floyd V. Filson. SCM Press Ltd., 1962.
            This book, by Oscar Cullman, who is also the author of the book The Christology of the New Testament, and a plethora of other books concerning New Testament Interpretation and Theology, seeks to outline how, according to Cullman, the early church interpreted history and time. Seeking to stay as far away from any philosophical influences Cullman wishes to explain what the proper Christian understanding of History is according to scripture. In a sense this book is a contribution to the philosophy of history, but, Cullman does not wish it to be seen this way, rather, he wishes to show how history should be interpreted, in light of the truth of Christianity. This review will begin by explaining the purpose of this book, followed by an outline of the way in which the author accomplishes his purpose. Finally we will…

INFILTRATED: A BOOK ABOUT THE FINANCIAL CRISIS

Infiltrated: How to Stop the Insiders and Activists who are Exploiting the Financial Crisis to Control our Lives and Our Fortunes. Jay W. Richards. McGraw Hill Education, 2013. 299 pp. $25.00. ISBN 978-0-07-181695-3.
            In 2008 the United States of America entered into a period of financial disaster which is still wreaking havoc even today. Since the initial market crash the media has been pointing their fingers in every direction trying to find someone to blame. I moved to North Carolina in 2011 to study for my Master’s degree, and distinctly remember hearing all kinds of horror stories about people losing their jobs, and local governments being unable to fund high schools. Some of the people that I met and befriended when I was there lost their jobs due to the crisis, and were force to leave their homes. What happened? In Infiltrated Jay W. Richards, who holds a PhD from Princeton, is a Fellow at the Institute for Faith, Work & Economics, and a fellow at the Discovery In…

A REVIEW OF CHRISTIAN PHILOSOPHY

Christian Philosophy: A Systematic and Narrative Introduction. Craig G. Bartholomew and Michael W. Goheen. Baker Academic, 2013. 289 pp. $22.99. ISBN 978-0-8010-3911-9.
            In his Introduction to Metaphysics Martin Heidegger claims that “A ‘Christian philosophy’ is a round square and a misunderstanding. To be sure, one can thoughtfully question and work through the world of Christian experience – that is, the world of faith. That is then theology.”[1] Josef Pieper counters Heidegger’s claim as follows: “This is the question: Is it permissible for the philosopher also to include in his philosophizing reflection information about the world and human existence not stemming from experience and rational argumentation but coming from areas such as are properly called ‘revelation’, ‘sacred tradition’, ‘faith’, or ‘theology’? Can the inclusion of such non-empirical and preter-rational assertions into one’s philosophizing possibly be justified? My answer to this: it is not only possible…

A BOOK REVIEW OF COVENANTAL APOLOGETICS BY K. SCOTT OLIPHINT

Covenantal Apologetics: Principles & Practice in Defense of Our Faith. K. Scott Oliphint. Crossway, 2013. 277 pp. $19.99. ISBN 978-1-4335-2817-0.

Christian Apologetics is, essentially, active evangelism. It is the presentation, explanation and defense of the Christian faith. K. Scott Oliphint, who holds a B.S. from West Texas State University, and a M.A.R., Th.M., and a PhD. from WestMinster Theological Seminary, and is professor of Apologetics and Systematic Theology at WestMinster Theological Seminary, has just published a book which seeks to present an introduction of the principles of Presuppositional Apologetics, as well as to provide examples of how to put this method into action. In this book review I will begin by explaining the authors purpose, how he goes about attaining his purpose, and I will finish with some remarks as to the positive and negative aspects of this book.
The author’s proposed purpose is to “set out (what has been called) a presuppositional approach to apo…